Seychelles Travel Guide

Seychelles FAQ

What do I need to do before travelling?

We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for the Seychelles before travelling. Click here for the latest information from the foreign office.

What are the visa requirements?

British citizens do not require a visa to enter the Seychelles, and a one month visitors permit is issued on arrival. It is highly recommended that your passports have six or more months validity from after the date of your departure. 

What is the currency in the Seychelles?

The official currency of the Seychelles is the Rupee, however there are some complex rules governing foreign exchange. By law, tourists and visitors must pay for all accommodation, excursions, marine park fees, car hire and transport in a major foreign currency (euros are recommended) either in cash or by credit card. Rupees can be used in shops, cafes and restaurants outside the hotels, but can be quite hard to spend otherwise, so you would be well advised to only change small amounts.

 

Will I need to bring an adaptor?

Although plugs in the Seychelles are of the English type (with three square pins) we would still recommend taking a universal plug adaptor. 

What is the language in the Seychelles?

The Seychelles has three official languages: English, French and Creole. 

Are there any customs or public holidays I should be aware of?

Wearing camouflage clothing is prohibited in the Seychelles. Topless sunbathing is accepted on many beaches, however nudism is unacceptable.

Are the Seychelles safe?

The Seychelles are generally safe and violent crime is rare, however as a global rule, take care to safeguard your possessions and do not leave valuables on display. 

What is the cuisine like?

Cuisine in the Seychelles reflects the multicultural make up of its inhabitants, drawing influences from French cooking, exotic Indian dishes and the flavours of the Orient. Grilled fish or octopus basted with a sauce of chillies, ginger and garlic are national favourites, alongside a variety of curries prepared with coconut milk. Unsurprisingly, seafood dishes feature heavily in the local cuisine, alongside the country’s main staple of rice.

What nightlife is available?

The quality of nightlife in the Seychelles will largely depend upon the island you are visiting. Mahe island has two of the hottest nightspots in the Seychelles (Tequila Boom Discotheque and La Faya bar), while other islands are often more sedate, although many hotels will provide some form of entertainment in the evenings. 

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